Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sleepers of the Week column, which takes a look at lesser-known players that could deserve a start due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. Let’s take a look at some sneaky plays for Week 5. If you have any fantasy football roster questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.


Sam Bradford STL VS. JAC

This will be the week that Bradford looks like Tony Romo. He’ll throw the ball around and have some all-pro plays, he might even win a game for his Rams. Then he’ll go back to looking like just another ordinary quarterback in a league dominated by some awesome quarterbacks that aren’t named Sam.

Brian Hoyer CLE VS. BUF

Sleeper alert: Do NOT actually start Brian Hoyer. However, I like his chances of putting up 20 to 25 points much more than Andy Dalton and numerous other options including Russell Wilson. It would be a courageous move to put Hoyer in this week, so if you want to play hero do it. If you want to save face (should he not excel) then just ignore this one.

Wide Receivers

Nate Washington TEN VS. KC

It’s safe to say that Nate Washington has finally emerged as a reliable fantasy starter. It’s taken a while but Locker’s favorite target and a speedster will pay some dividends this weekend. I love his ability to go up in traffic and he doesn’t shy away from the ball either. Kansas City might be in for a really tough game against a non-NFC East opponent.

Brandon Lafell CAR VS. AZ

Lafell is a regular to the sleepers. He’s typically the one who benefits from Steve Smith double teams. I like the Cardinals to concentrate on short stuff and force Cam to beat them downfield. That’s where Brandon steps up with his game. Carolina is not a bad team, watch out Arizona!

Running Backs

Daryl Richardson STL VS. JAC

Richardson has shown little to impress thus far. This team has problems like the Packers do at the running back position. I’m not willing to say that the Jaguars will concede 100 yard ground game day, but that wouldn’t surprise me either. So this is the game to own Richardson then sell high.

Lamar Miller MIA VS. BAL

Miller is a running back on the rise, but this week is against an angry Ravens squad that was embarrassed by Buffalo. Start him despite the matchup, I like the moxie of this Dolphins team and think they will put up points too. Miller is a solid flex sleeper.

Tight Ends

Brent Celek PHI VS. NYG

Celek gets up for the division rivalry games. Does that mean they will beat the Giants down? No, but Celek can make things difficult for opponents, I’m guessing this is the week.

Zach Miller SEA VS. IND

Zach attack is back for Seattle. The Colts have a solid reputation but the recipe for TD passes in the red zone is for Russell to find Miller. Give him at least 1 TD this weekend.


San Diego Chargers SD VS. OAK

Chargers are a solid play if Matt Flynn is playing again this week. Either way it’s a good call given the problems of the Raiders on offense with their 2 starting running backs going down. They made the Redskins look formidable. Start Chargers D, nuff said!